Summerville High girls basketball coach Matt Legare recently announced that he would be stepping down to pursue work in school administration.
Legare served as the varsity head coach for five seasons, posting an impressive 97-33 record. Summerville has won four consecutive Region 8-AAAA titles and has a 31-game conference winning streak. The Green Wave played in the Class AAAA lower state championship game two seasons ago and advanced to the third round this past season before losing to Goose Creek.
Three members of the program recently signed college letters-of-intent. Ashley Green signed with Francis Marion, while Rodnesha Capers and Cierra Mazyck signed with Spartanburg Methodist.
The Lowcountry picked up the first of what could be several state championships last weekend with Wando’s victory in the boys state lacrosse finals on Saturday.
Several more local teams will be in strong contention for titles in their respective sports and classifications as every state championship will be decided over the next three weeks.
Baseball and softball playoffs begin this week. SCISA opened its baseball postseason on Monday with a pair of local teams — Northwood Academy and St. John’s Christian — posting first-round series victories. Both advance to the second round on Friday.
Porter-Gaud split a playoff doubleheader on Monday and played at Orangeburg Prep on Tuesday night to decide which team advances. First Baptist was swept in its doubleheader with Hammond School of Columbia while Pinewood Prep drew a first-round bye.
The SCISA state softball playoffs begin with the state tournament on Friday and Saturday in Columbia. Survivors of the double-elimination tournaments in each class will meet in best-of-three championship series next week.
The South Carolina High School League baseball and softball playoffs begin with district tournaments on Thursday. Classes AAAA, AA and A will open on Thursday while class AAA starts on Friday.
Summerville enters the AAAA baseball playoffs as the top-ranked team in South Carolina. The Green Wave square off with local rival Stratford on Thursday in what should be a matchup of two of the area’s top pitchers — Summerville’s Sawyer Bridges and Stratford’s Eddie Hiott.
Porter-Gaud will host the 2015 SCISA state track and field championships on Saturday. The Porter-Gaud boys’ team is seeking a fifth consecutive state AAA team championship while the Ashley Hall girls’ are trying to three-peat in AAA.
The state soccer playoffs begin next week with state titles decided in SCHSL on May 16 in Columbia. The SCISA state championships will be decided at Porter-Gaud on May 9. Porter Gaud also will host the lacrosse state final on May 5.
(4) Stratford at (1) Summerville, 7 p.m.
(3) Sumter at (2) River Bluff, 7 p.m.
(4) Spring Valley at (1) James Island
(3) Lexington at (2) Carolina Forest
(4) South Aiken at (1) Socastee
(3) West Ashley at (2) Ashley Ridge
(4) West Florence at (1) White Knoll
(3) Fort Dorchester at (2) Wando
Whale Branch at Barnwell
Andrews at Waccamaw
Wade Hampton at Bishop England
Loris at Timberland
Aynor at Johnsonville
Edisto at Battery Creek
Kingstree at Dillon
Academic Magnet at Woodland
Baptist Hill at Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Timmonsville at TBA
Bethune-Bowman at Charleston Charter
TBA at Hannah-Pamplico
TBA at East Clarendon
Allendale-Fairfax at Cross
Scott’s Branch at TBA
Military Magnet at Branchville
Conway at North Augusta
Ashley Ridge at Stratford
Lexington at South Florence
West Ashley at Colleton County
Dutch Fork at Wando
White Knoll at Carolina Forest
Cane Bay at Summerville
West Florence at River Bluff
Whale Branch at Barnwell
Timberland at Dillon
Wade Hampton at Battery Creek
Waccamaw at Andrews
Loris at Johnsonville
Edisto at Bishop England
Lake Marion at Aynor
Academic Magnet at Silver Bluff
Burke at Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Scott’s Branch at Lake View
Bethune-Bowman at Cross
Green Sea-Floyds at Hannah-Pamplico
Carvers Bay at East Clarendon
Allendale-Fairfax at Military Magnet
Timmonsville at Latta
Baptist Hill at Branchville